An Israeli airstrike has injured 11 people in the Gaza strip. Another strike 24-hours earlier hit two smuggling tunnels and a weapons manufacturing site. The strike occurred amid clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli police in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Fighting erupted after Israel announced plans to build 1600 new homes in East Jerusalem, which has prompted outrage from the U.S., Al Jazeera.
Massive protests continue in Thailand. The opposition “red shirts,” which aim to oust the current government, have planned marches around Bangkok for tomorrow and have succeeded in their attempts to hold non-violent rallies. 150,000 people participated in last Sunday’s march, and analysts believe the movement is winning many sympathizers, Reuters.
A reported mine collapse that is believed to have killed almost 200 people is being denied by the country’s government. Minister of Mineral Resources Alpha Kanu says he visited the site and no collapse occurred, BBC News.
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The acting president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has dissolved Nigeria’s cabinet. President Umaru Yar’Adua has been ill since November and has traveled abroad for treatment. About half of the current cabinet ministers are expected to be asked to return, AFP.
One person, a migrant worker from Thailand, was killed after militants from Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel, Voice of America.
Officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are in Moscow for a summit concerning Israel and the state of conflict in the Middle East as well as talks on nuclear disarmament, The Guardian.
Aid groups may be preventing the formation of a functioning government in Haiti, particularly with their increased resources in the wake of the January 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince and killed more than 200,000, CNN.
An Egyptian soldier was killed yesterday after gunfire with traded between the Egyptian military and Hamas during a protest by Palestinians over the building of a wall that would block tunnels currently used to smuggle supplies into Gaza. Tunnels are used to bring supplies as well as weapons into Gaza which has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt since 2006, Reuters. More on the protests, Al Jazeera.
The attack that killed 7 CIA agents in Afghanistan last week was carried out by a double-agent whom Jordanian officials thought was only posing as an Islamic militant. Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi had been recruited to help provide intelligence on Al Qaeda. His writings on jihadist websites were well known, PBS Newshour.
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A new report by Amnesty International says that Israel is restricting access to water in Palestine, CNN. Israel’s Water Authority has denied the accusation, Jerusalem Post. Full report, Amnesty International.
Former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic has been released from prison after serving 6 years of an 11 year sentence for crimes against humanity, BBC News. Factbox on Biljana Plavsic, Reuters. The trial of Bosnian war leader Radovan Karadzic resumed today in a UN court despite his refusal to attend. He is accused of crimes against humanity, including aiding genocide during the Bosnian war from 1992-1995. Karadvic, who is defending himself, claims he needs more time for preparation, AFP.
The families of 3 Americans accused of illegally crossing the Iraqi border into Iran have released video that they claim proves the trio were simply on vacation, Globe and Mail. Family website, Free the Hikers; Video Page.
New Haven authorities say that an animal research lab technician may have had a role in the death of Annie Le, a Yale grad student whose body was found stuffed in a crawl space inside a research lab. A source says Le was asphyxiated and that the murder was not random. No arrests have been made so far, Hartford Courant.
An United Nations panel has reported that they have evidence of war crimes committed by both the Israeli army and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza. The panel suggests crimes against humanity may have been committed and that if the situation doesn’t change in six months, they will refer the case to the International Criminal Court. The panel found Hamas was guilty of firing rockets into Gaza, but mostly reprimanded Israel for their behavior, accusing the army of “an overall and continuing policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population.” The group found many instances when civilians were targeted and killed by soldiers, New York Times.
Several mortar or rocket attacks hit the Green Zone in Baghdad where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is currently visiting, but officials confirm Biden is safe. The mortars hit near the U.S. Embassy and there is no word so far on causalities, BBC News.
13 people were killed today at a mosque in Gaza. The causalities occurred during a gun battle that broke out between hundreds of Islamic militants, Hamas fighters and police. One child was killed, BBC News.
A British explorer claims he has discovered a series of tunnels and chambers under the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. British explorer Andrew Collins says he was inspired to find the underground cave complex after reading the memoirs of 19th century explorer Henry Salt, Discovery News.
A quadriplegic in Australia has been granted the right to starve to death. Christian Rossiter will refuse food and water provided to him by the nursing facility where he lives, and the facility will not be held responsible for his death. Rossiter says he is happy with the decision, but will likely consult with a doctor and could change his mind, CNN.
Four people were killed today in Nigeria after a fan of the football club Manchester United drove a minibus into a crowd of Barcelona supporters. The supporters were celebrating after Barcelona’s win over Man U in the Champions League final. 10 people were also injured, In related news, over 100 people were arrested in Barcelona during celebrations, CNN.
A bomb at a mosque in Iran has killed at least 15 and wounded over 50. The attack happened during evening prayer, and police say other terrorists who were planning to detonate more bombs were arrested, BBC News.
Aid workers in Gaza are saying Hamas is attempting to control the distrubtion of aid to Gaza’s 1.5 million citizens. The territory almost exclusively relies on international aid for basic needs, and now both the Israelis and Hamas are controlling what he is allowed in the country, NPR.
Two men were convicted of killing Suzanne Tamim, a Lebanese pop singer, last July. Real estate mogul and member of the Egyptian parliament Hisham Talaat Moustafa paid former officer Muhsen el Sukkari $2 million to kill Tamim because he wanted to take her as a second wife but could not because his family objected. It is expected that the men will receive death sentences when they on sentenced on June 25, CNN.
First reported last night, former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun’s death has been ruled a suicide. Roh was accused of accepting $6 million in bribes during his time in office, BBC News.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was permitted to tour a camp for Tamils displaced in the conflict in Sri Lanka, Voice of America.
2 people died and 4 were injured when a tunnel used for smuggling collapsed in Gaza. The tunnels are used by Palestinians to bring goods into Gaza from Egypt because Israel has blocked the borders, Jerusalem Post.